Morning Star Gali

Participant: 2022 U.S. Grassroots Accelerator

Protecting sacred sites for indigenous communities and uplifting the voices of California’s indigenous peoples.




Affiliations & Roles

Project Director at Restoring Justice for Indigenous Peoples

Morning Star Gali is a member of the Ajumawi band of the Pit River Tribe located in Northeastern California. She serves as Project Director for Restoring Justice for Indigenous Peoples (RJIP) and as the California Tribal and Community Liaison for the International Indian Treaty Council, working for the Sovereignty and Self Determination of Indigenous Peoples and the recognition and protection of Indigenous Rights, Treaties, Traditional Cultures and Sacred Lands.

She’s also the Tribal water/policy organizer for Save California Salmon. Dedicated to raising awareness and visibility within the unique climate of California’s urban and rural Native communities, Gali coordinates support of Indigenous-led organizing efforts. Ms. Gali continues to lead large-scale actions while coordinating Native cultural, spiritual, scholarly, and political gatherings throughout California. She is deeply committed to advocating for Indigenous sovereignty issues such as missing and murdered Indigenous women (MMIW), climate justice, gender justice, and sacred sites protection on behalf of the tribal and inter-tribal communities in which she was raised. Prior to returning to her ancestral homelands and working for her Tribe, she served as a volunteer and advocate on behalf of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated Indigenous peoples in California, working with several Indigenous-led grassroots organizations in the Bay Area for over two decades.

She serves on several advisory committees that advocate for the sovereignty and self-determination of California’s Indigenous peoples and sacred landscapes. Since 2008 Morning Star has been a rotating host on KPFA 94.1’s “Bay Native Circle” and is the proud mother of four children.